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The Citadel at Bitche

A true military master piece, the Citadel is the most important historical site in Pays de Bitche.


In the past, Pays de Bitche was the setting for many wars and invasions and of which the castle on the site of Bitche Citadel was a centrepiece. Neither the Swedish, the region of Lorraine, the French nor the Germans were able overthrow this stronghold.

In 1680, the castle was replaced by the Citadel designed by Vauban. It was dismantled in 1697, but rebuilt in 1740 by the architect Cormontaigne.

The most glorious feat was conducted by Commander Teyssier and his garrison during the 1870 Franco-Prussian war. While the rest of France was capitulated, they resisted for 230 days.


The visit

The visit around the Citadel takes you through the underground passages allowing you to relive the resistance against the Germans (1870-1871).


On the platform of the Citadel, the historical museum “The Men during the 1870 War” has records and photos, and a collection of arms and uniforms worn by the men on the battlefield. The recently restored Vauban Chapel exposes an original relief map of Bitche dating to 1794 which is now classified as a Historical Monument.


The Citadel is one the “Great attractions in Moselle”. The sublime Garden for Peace is at the foot of its ramparts (COVID 19: on 26th May, garden is still closed).

NOTE: the tariff for the citadel no longer includes the entry fee into the gardens. With the entrée ticket you now receive a reduced rate into the gardens (2euros/pers).

Infos COVID-19 :

Adresse :

Rue des Tilleuls
57230 BITCHE

Contact :

FRITZ Cyrill
Tél. : 03 87 96 18 82 - 03 87 96 95 03 - Fax : 03 87 06 11 78
Mail :
Site web :


Catégorie et confort

Category of museum
Other places to visit

Category of tourist venue - historic building
Listed historic monument (MH)

Subject of tourist venue - historic building
Military heritage

Infos pratiques

Duration of visit (hh:mm) :

Pets welcome :

Languages spoken at reception :

Conditions of visit (individuals) :
Visit on your own at all times
Guided tours at all times




Free :

Heritage prices :
Adult (full rate) : 10
Group : 8
Child : 8
Discounted price : 8

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Message Covid-19

En raison de la crise sanitaire, les périodes, jours et horaires d’ouverture indiqués sur le site internet et dans le guide touristique sont susceptibles d’avoir évolué.
Merci de bien vouloir vous renseigner avant votre venue, soit à l’Office de Tourisme du Pays de Bitche, soit directement auprès de l’établissement concerné.
Merci pour votre compréhension.

Aufgrund der Corona-Krise haben sich möglicherweise die im Reiseführer und auf unsere webseite angegebenen Zeiträume, Tage und Öffnungszeiten
geändert. Bitte informieren Sie sich vor Ihrem Besuch entweder im Fremdenverkehrsamt Pays de Bitche oder direkt am Ort.
Danke für Ihr Verständnis

Due to the Corona crisis, the periods, days and opening hours indicated in the tourist guide and on the website may have changed.
Please inform yourself before your visit, either at the tourist office Pays de Bitche, or directly on the spot.
Thanks for your understanding